For me, cold weather days means it’s time to pull out the boots, infinity scarves, chunky sweaters, and serious reinforcement for my skin. Abrupt changes in weather do some major damage, leaving my face broken out, dry, and wind-chapped. AKA, not cute. Fortunately, this isn’t my first rodeo. Here’s what I’m arming myself (and my face) with this winter.
Get what you put in.
The truth is, you can use high quality products to optimize your skin quality (and we’ll get into that in a sec), but they’ll only get you so far. What you eat and drink has a huge impact on what comes to surface on your face and bod. It is a detoxification organ, after all. Dry skin could very well be a sign of dehydration, so take care to fill up on water, especially in the winter when thirst may not be as obvious. If the foods you’re eating are inflammatory, the effects could very well show up through your skin. Eating real food is the first step for any anti-inflammatory diet. That means lots of veggies, heart healthy fat, some fruit, some sustainably-raised protein, and some grains.
For many, nixing dairy is also helpful. Lactose intolerance, difficulty digesting casein (a protein found in milk), and synthetic hormones administered to cows may mean that your regular cheese, milk, ice cream, and yogurt habit is wreaking havoc on your complexion. If you think this might be the case, try going without for a few weeks and see how your skin fares. And when the hankerings hit, give us a visit for deprivation- and dairy-free versions of some of your favorite dishes. Chicken Chile Enchiladas with a cashew poblano sauce, paleo-friendly Grass-Fed Beef Lasagna, or Pineapple Cashew Parfait with a coconut chia seed “yogurt” are just a few ways to combat cravings with total satisfaction. Eventually, you can start adding dairy back in. Hard cheeses, Greek yogurt, and organic/hormone-free dairy could very well fit back in to your rotation in moderation.
Put a mask on.
As soon as the temperature dips below 55 degrees, my skin dries right up. Once or twice a week, I like to start off my skin routine with an exfoliating mask. My current go-to is Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty, with China clay to deep clean pores, aduki beans for exfoliation, and vanilla and honey to sooth my wind-chapped skin.
Hop in the tub.
This routine is equal parts skincare and self care. Nothing feels more luxurious than a hot bath, and I have a few tricks up my sleeve so my soaking time doubles as a passive part of my regimen. While the tub is filling up, I’ll add in a heaping spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil for full body moisturization and a scoop of Franklin & Whitman mineral soak. The peppermint and orange essential oils offer that gentle, spa-like scent, while the oatmeal, Dead Sea salt, and epsom salt work to hydrate, heal, and flush toxins from the skin.
A gentle face wash.
The last thing my weathered skin needs is a harsh cleanser that’s full of soaps and chemicals. Instead, I reach for the 3-ingredient cleanser by S.W. Basics. The gentle mix of organic rosewater, glycerin, and organic tea tree oil makes my skin feel clean, not stripped.
Slather on the serums.
Post-shower, I take my pick from one of Glossier’s Super Pack of serums. After a quick mirror check, I decide which serum will be most beneficial to my skin sitch at hand. With the drying winter weather, I’ve found myself frequently opting for Super Bounce with its hydrating and plumping effects from hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. Super Glow’s vitamin C and magnesium help to brighten, and Super Pure soothes breakouts with vitamin B3 and zinc.
Seal it all in.
After the serum sinks in, it’s time to lock it all in with a heavy duty moisturizer. My current go-to is Dr. Weil for Origins Mega Bright, which is equal parts moisturizing mask and nighttime moisturizer. It’s pretty heavy, so I only use it as part of my nighttime skincare routine. By the morning, my skin is re-moisturized and smooth, which makes for a much better canvas for make up.